The 2014/15 Summer Calendar
AUGUST 08, 2014
The 2014/15 Summer Calendar has been released. Many secondary school aged athletes will be looking forward to competing in the 2014 NSW All Schools Track & Field Championships on the 9th – 12th October at Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre (SOPAC). Those that qualify will have the opportunity to represent NSW at the Australian All Schools Championships on 5th – 7th December in Adelaide.
SOPAC will also host the first of eight rounds of the Kings Sports Store Treloar Shield on Saturday 18th October. The Treloar Shield is an age group based competition for athletes of all ages, abilities, and aspirations. Athletes score points for their respective clubs which tally towards both the age group pennants and the overall Treloar Shield trophy. The winner of the inaugural Treloar Shield in 2013 was UTS Northern Suburbs.
Don’t forget the most popular relay event in the country, the NSW Relay Championships on 15th & 16th November at SOPAC. Otherwise known simply as State Relays, this team based competition is a great opportunity for club mates to band together in the hope of outperforming their rivals.
To view the full 2014/15 Summer Calendar click here. Each competition is linked to the relevant competition calendar page on the Athletics NSW website. Here you will find the competition and entry information. Online entry will open very shortly.
The Athletics NSW Road Show
AUGUST 13, 2014
The Athletics NSW Road Show is coming to town.
As part of Athletics NSW ongoing commitment to improve club capacity and capabilities, Athletics NSW (ANSW) will be conducting a series of road shows to metropolitan and regional areas in 2014 to deliver clinics, education sessions and group discussion forums.
Details of the next ANSW road show is as follows:
Sydney North Region
When: Wednesday 20th August & Sunday 31 August
Where: North Ryde RSL and Scots College
Time: 6pm to 9pm on Wednesday night and 9am to 5pm on Sunday
UTS Norths is represented by 4 members at the World Juniors
AUGUST 15, 2014
UTS Norths were represented by Anthony Collum, Katrina Hunt, Bryce Collins and Josh Clarke in the recent World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Ron Bendall who coaches Katrina and Anthony, attended the championships as well.
Thank you to Anthony and Bryce who have kindly agreed to write their own story about their experience in representing Australia.
My time with the “Spark”
My name is Anthony Collum and I was selected to compete for the Australian fewer than 20 athletics team at the IAAF World Junior Championships held between 22-27 July in Eugene Oregon. Upon hearing my announcement into the team as a part of the 4x100m squad my first thoughts were what a privilege it would be to compete for Australia in Australian colours, secondly how amazing it would be to step on Hayward Field one of the world’s most famous tracks, and finally what I needed to do to secure my spot in the starting 4.
The team arrived in Vancouver, Canada for a couple of weeks training before we headed into the championships. We had little time to adjust as we soon had to compete and train regularly; personally for me I put myself under a lot of pressure as I knew i had to perform well to stay in the relay team. Over this time period, it was decided instead of running first leg which was my original intentions; I would be running anchor leg which came as a welcome surprise.
Competing at Worlds was a euphoric experience. The crowds and their involvement were a lot more intense than anything I had experienced on Australian soil. My fondest memory would be finding out our team had made the 4x100 final in the mixed zone after our heat race and seeing the satisfaction the team had.
I was content with the outcome of the final as we came 7th in a time of 40.09, but it would have been even better running a time under the 40 second mark.
I would like to use this excerpt to thank my coach, Ron Bendall for preparing me both physically and mentally for the challenges of international competition, the support of the UTS Norths club in terms of financial assistance and moral support, and the Athletics Australia coaches involved with me in Ryan Purcell and Jodie Lambert.
I was lucky enough to be chosen to represent Australia at the World Junior Athletics Championships. I placed 3rd in my heat with a time of 52.40 in very wet conditions, before backing this up with a 52.62 in the semi-final. I ended up ranking 17th out of the 57 competitors, which was higher than my initial ranking. I was very pleased with my heat time, but I would have liked a quicker time in the semi-final, but reaching the semis was my goal and I felt I ran well in my first international competition.
The whole experience with the team was awesome. The 3.5 weeks away were a really good experience, of making new friends and bonding with old ones, and I made memories I will cherish for a long time. I was also lucky to watch my roommate Cedric Dubler achieve an Oceania record and a silver medal, and I know with help from him and other people around me I will be able to improve my performance on the world stage next time around.
I would like to thank my coaches, Paul Switzer and Andy Burton for their guidance, my mum and sister Giselle, my girlfriend Steph and my friends for all their support, and the Athletics Australia support staff for the great camp. Also special thanks to the UTS Norths club for all their support along the way.
Level 1 Community Athletics Coach Program Sunday 31st August at Scots College
AUGUST 25, 2014
The Level 1 Community Athletics Coach Program to be held on Sunday 31st August at Scots College
The program commences at 9am and concludes at 5pm.
The school address is:
The Scots College
42-54 Victoria Rd
Bellevue Hill NSW 2023
Meet at the schools main gates at 9am.
Please note Scots College has no food available for purchase so please bring your own meals/snacks.
Your presenter is Neil Hinton and his number is 0417 473 428. Please note that after 9am Neil may be uncontactable so please call prior to 9am if you are running late.
A reminder that a component of the program is the Australian Sports Commission’s ‘Community Coaching General Principles Course’, available online at: http://www.ausport.gov.au/participating/coaches/education/onlinecoach
Participants are required to either email me a copy of their Certificate of Completion prior to commencement of the course or give Neil a printed copy at the program. PE Teachers, University students studying Sports Coaching or Physical Education and other current NCAS coaches are exempt.
Please wear clothing suitable for physical activity. Physical involvement is very light but we do request suitable footwear and hats for the practical outdoor components of the program.